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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Dog Lichen and other lichens.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded1905200719821905
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records273211425750
Number of individuals82781044417464
Unique positions327120696
Unique locations231118500
Adult records237811405038
Immature records1002

For the region, we have a total of 5750 records from 500 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2037 Rosy Footman 03
© Julian Francis
2037 Rosy Footman 02
© Martin Cade, 1 Aug 2009
2037 Rosy Footman 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring in southern Britain, but absent from the Midlands, the larva feeding on lichens and mosses growing on the stems and branches of trees. In Dorset, the moth is common in deciduous woodland and scrub, frequent on heathland containing derelict heather (Calluna vulgaris and Erica spp.) where its foodplants abound, and rare in dry, open habitat. The national norm is for a single brood in late June to early August. Many examples seen in September and even October, suggest a partial second brood in most years.

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